The Ocoee River

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Where is the Ocoee River?

The Ocoee River is a single river that flows through the southern Appalachian Mountains for 93 miles in the southeastern United States. The Ocoee River is actually only the name for the portion that runs through Tennessee while the Toccoa River is used for the remainder that runs through Georgia.  Same river, two different names.  Go figure.

What is there to do on the Ocoee River?

Whitewater Rafting

The Ocoee River is known mainly for its whitewater rafting which includes Class III-IV rapids and easily make the Ocoee one of the best whitewater rivers in the South.  Even the 1996 Summer Olympics whitewater slalom events were hosted on the Ocoee River.

Ocoee Whitewater Center

This was the canoe slalom venue for the Olympics that were mainly based in Atlanta in 1996.  The race course was built within the dry riverbed of the Upper Ocoee River.  The river was narrowed a bit and natural boulders were cemented into plact to create drops and eddies for the course.  This is the only in-river course to ever be used for an Olympic slalom competition. This visitor center, parking lot and suspension foot bridge were all built in anticipation of the Olympics.  This portion of the river doesn’t have much water in current days and is only watered during the summer months, but there is still much to be done in the surrounding areas including camping, mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding.

Mountain Biking

A mountain bike trail, Tanasi Trail System, is centered mainly around the Whitewater Center and offers 30 miles of trails that you can ride to your little heart’s content. IMGP1174 Rafting on the Ocoee Have you ever been Whitewater rafting? What did you think? What other water activities do you enjoy?

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  1. Birgit

    April 17, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    I love the water and would love to do white water rafting. I have gone on the water thrill on the Niagara River-It takes you on the rapids below the falls and it is a lot of fun. It is a bigger boat that seats quite a few people but boy do you get wet. I want to go tubing in the Elora Gorge and I hope I do this this year:)

    • Ashley Hubbard

      April 21, 2014 at 3:03 PM

      I bet tubing would be awesome – excited to hear more about that!

  2. Daidri | Thee Getaway Gal

    April 17, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    I think that rafting looks like a blast but I have never been before. I’d like to though so hopefully soon. Have you every been? If not you should plan that when you start hiking that trail. 🙂 The pic of the kayaker looks like a lot of work but very fun as well.
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    • Ashley Hubbard

      April 21, 2014 at 3:02 PM

      I haven’t been yet Daidri, but I want to! And, I will – hopefully this summer 🙂

  3. Mary {The World Is A Book}

    April 18, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    I have never heard of Ocoee River but it sure offers a lot of things for active travelers. My family has been wanting to try white water rafting but I’m still a bit hesitant. I’m more of a kayak person on a lake type person. Beautiful photos.
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  4. Corinne

    April 18, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    We love white-water rafting, but I’ve never done it in the States other than in Alaska. I’ll bet the water is a lot warmer in Tennesee and Georgia.
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  5. Calli

    April 18, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    White water rafting is a blast, I’ve been a couple times here in BC but never abroad. I love that picture of the kayaker battling the rapids 🙂
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    • Ashley Hubbard

      April 21, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      I’ve actually never been Calli – but I will this summer!

  6. Deena Rae (@eBookBuilders)

    April 18, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Some terrific photos for this post.

    Good luck with the rest of your #AtoZChallenge participation. I linked to your site on my post for ‘P’
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  7. Rachel

    April 19, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    White water rafting is on my to do list – I always make a point of going horse riding when I go on holiday; galloping on a beach or trekking along the coast, what could possibly beat that??
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    • Ashley Hubbard

      April 21, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      Yes if there is horseback riding available, you can bet I’ll be doing that!

  8. Globalmouse

    April 21, 2014 at 3:30 AM

    Rivers are one of my favourite things – I’d rather find a lovely river than a great beach!! I’ve never heard of the Ocoee River but I really want to visit the Appalachian Mountains so will definitely look it up when I do!! I normally go for the kayaking over the white water rafting! Great photos.
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    • Ashley Hubbard

      April 21, 2014 at 2:49 PM

      If you’re wanting to come to the Appalachian Mountains anyway, definitely check out the Ocoee River…you’ll love it! 🙂

  9. Bob R

    April 21, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    I’ve met Andraz Vehovar, the Slovenian kayaker who won Olympic silver on this river. Very pleasant memories for him. 🙂
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  10. Anastasia Sofia | Gallivant Girl

    April 24, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Love white water rafting… Never heard of it. So er… how do you say it?! 🙂
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  11. Marysia

    April 26, 2014 at 6:37 AM

    I love outdoor so I have been really enjoying your choices for the A-Z Challenge! Beautiful place!
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  12. It is very interesting to see all these cool pictures and facts. Visiting from A to Z Challenge at Learning at Cedar Ridge Academy and Cedar Ridge Academy

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